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Child Labour Free India is social awareness campaign to demand a blanket ban on child labour in the country. There are 6 million children in India working while they get trafficked for forced labour to work in hazardous industries, homes , agriculture farms, thereby becoming victims of severe exploitation.
This is the time to raise our voice and stand in one union to save the future of millions of these victimized children. The campaign aims to bring about an amendment in the existing Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986, by ensuring a total abolition of child labourers in the country till the age of 14 years.
Why mass awareness campaign ?
India is the largest democracy in the world with its remarkable and sustained economic growth. It can no longer bear the stigma of having the largest number of child labourers, illiterate and out-of-school children. In spite of policy measures, Constitutional provisions and legislations, millions of children are still languishing in deplorable conditions like bonded labour, child labour, domestic servitude, prostitution, forced beggary, victims of trafficking, child marriages, armed conflict and many other forms of abuse and exploitation.
The handful of civil society workers would not be sufficient to become the voice of millions of children traped in slavery, therefore this campaign needs all support from everyone in the society.
What are our demands ?
Bachpan Bachao Andolan demands:
- All forms of employment should be prohibited for children up to the age of completion of education in accordance to the Right to Education Act.
- Employment of children up to 18 years of age in any hazardous occupation or processes or any economic activity which is dangerous for children must be prohibited in conformity with the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000.
- Child labour should be made cognizable and non-bailable offense under law and punitive actions against offenders should be made more stringent and time-bound.
- An effective national program. with sufficient resource allocation for comprehensive rehabilitation of child labourers and also for clear monitoring and accountability framework must be in place.
- India should reiterate its new role as a leader in global economy by immediately ratifying ILO
Conventions No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour and the No. 138 on the minimum age
of employment at the earliest.
You can join the campaign by:
Signing-up the Petition: Log in to leave your email id & name to show support to make India child labour free.
Clicking a Photograph to Save the Childhood: You can share the current scenario of children working in your surroundings, by clicking a picture and sending us the photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will upload the photograph on the website with name and email id, signifying your support to the campaign(on request, the identity of photographer can be kept anonymous). See the shared photographs.One Click Support: You can support our initiative by clicking on to our social media page- FaceBook and follow us on Twitter. We welcome you to participate in the online discussions on our blog STOP CHILD LABOUR.